Toastmasters: Your Body Speaks – A Great Example

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m a member of Toastmasters, in Vancouver. I’ve been participating in Toastmasters for about a year now and it’s been a wonderful learning experience. One of the side-effects of being a Toastmaster is that when I listen to someone public speak I’m also watching them public speak.

A good example for Toastmasters: Malcom Gladwell Speaking at TED 2004

This morning I was reading the Industrial Brand Creative Blog and found a link to a great video of Malcolm Gladwell giving a speech at the TED Conference in 2004.

Your Body Speaks
Project 5 in the Toastmasters’s Communication and Leadership program is called “Your Body Speaks”. The emphasis is on being aware of your body language and using it to your benefit while speaking.

In the video above, notice how Gladwell’s hands are moving without meaning in the first few minutes of the talk. As he continues and finds his groove, his body language becomes much more deliberate, his gestures larger. He uses the stage well, by moving around slowly and keeping the viewers’ attention on him.

Gladwell’s speech drew me in immediately – I really enjoyed it. If you have the time, watch the video a second time while concentrating on his body language.